Proposed Developments

The following developments will be heard by our Zoning Advisory Council (ZAC) this month in order to advise the Alderman on how to move forward. You can submit feedback for ZAC and the Alderman’s consideration here.

Our community Process

For major zoning relief, developers, homeowners or businesses may request the consideration of Alderman Martin’s support, especially when applying for a zoning district change, which requires approval by the City Council’s zoning committee. Note that administrative adjustments (decided by the City’s Office of Zoning Administration), variances and special uses (decided by the Zoning Board of Appeals) are not normally reviewed by the Alderman’s Zoning Advisory Council.

Zoning Advisory Council (ZAC)

Members of ZAC are ward residents appointed by the alderman who have some area of expertise, experience or interest regarding zoning or development. ZAC vets proposals ahead of Alderman Martin’s review. They hear applicants’ presentations, asks questions and clarifications, and privately identifies the salient issues of each particular case. The Alderman is then briefed on the case and ZAC’s analysis.

The Process

Note: the alderman only considers meeting with applicants after steps one through four are completed.

  1. Applicant completes the 47th Ward Zoning Information Form and with associated drawings emails this to Josh at

  2. Once accepted as a complete application package, the documents will be posted on our website.

  3. Applications must be received at least 1.5 weeks prior to a scheduled ZAC meeting. Accordingly, they will be placed on the next agenda to be reviewed by ZAC.

  4. ZAC advises whether the application should be sent to a community meeting or reviewed by the alderman.

  5. At this stage, an applicant may request a meeting with the alderman. Once the alderman’s decision is communicated to the applicant, the decision is posted online here.

Resources for REsidents seeking zoning changes